The Watkins Pool opened Sunday, June 1 for the summer season. Lessons begin next week, and there may still be openings (call City Hall at 764-6400). Call the pool anytime to check on schedule and availability: 764-SWIM (7946).
Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Hilltop Health Care Center has made dreams come true for more than 50 residents since the start of the program in September 2012. Some of the dreams that have come true over the course of the program include: A Hawaiian day, a special-made puzzle with a picture of the lake a resident grew up on, going to a parade in the resident’s home town, local baseball games, making a venison meal, visiting a deer farm, and visiting old friends. These dreams have become reality, thanks to many wonderful volunteers, families, the community and staff.
Since the parish began in 1889, St. Anthony’s Church in Watkins has been the only church within city limits. The second church building, erected in 1912, is what visitors to Watkins see when approaching town, much the same as it was back then.
The original two acres of land was purchased for the church (and not cemetery) for the sum of $50. A large wooden church was built there and later moved to the south so that the new church could be built there. Services continued to be held in the old church during construction of the new. (The old wood church was later still moved and converted to farm buildings on at least two farms.)
A.M. Maus and Son was closed Sunday and Monday this week, in honor of one of the namesakes of the company: Andrew J. Maus Jr., the “Son” in the
company’s name. The company was started Feb. 1, 1928 by Andrew Maus Sr. Through the years, the company has sold chickens and eggs, farm implements and cars, and for well over 50 years it has been a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership in Kimball. Now owned and run by Andy’s three sons – Ed, Cary and Steve – the business was closed Sunday and Monday in honor of their father.